Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Jul 12, 2014

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Minor tsunami hit Tohoku’s coastline early Saturday, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage, however, and authorities lifted all advisories roughly two hours later. ...

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

Jul 4, 2014

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

A new study explains how four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small and medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published ...

Jun 27, 2014

Local governments struggling to secure land for post-disaster housing

Local governments are struggling to secure land to build enough temporary housing to meet assumed gaps in their disaster management plans, the internal affairs ministry said Friday. Prefectural governments need to provide more assistance to smaller municipalities in their own jurisdictions to address the ...

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

May 6, 2014

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

Unemployed New Zealanders are being offered cash by the government to move to the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch and join in the rebuilding effort. The government announced Tuesday it would pay welfare recipients 3,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,600) to move to the city if ...

One dead, 23 injured in Thai quake

May 6, 2014

One dead, 23 injured in Thai quake

An elderly woman died and 23 people were injured after a strong earthquake shook northern Thailand, an official said Tuesday, as aftershocks continued to rattle a mountainous region popular with tourists. The 83-year-old woman died when a wall in her house collapsed after the ...

Quake rocks central Tokyo; 16 hurt

May 5, 2014

Quake rocks central Tokyo; 16 hurt

An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 jolted central Tokyo on Monday morning — the strongest temblor to shake the capital since the Great East Japan Earthquake three years ago. No major damage was reported, but the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said ...

Apr 29, 2014

Train lines to be reinforced by '17

Japan hopes to reinforce railways in areas threatened by strong earthquakes by fiscal 2017, according to a draft disaster preparedness plan obtained by Kyodo News on Monday. Efforts to make railways more quake-resistant are part of a nationwide plan filled with numerical targets for ...

Powerful quake kills five in Chile

Apr 2, 2014

Powerful quake kills five in Chile

A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake strikes in off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night, shaking a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

Apr 1, 2014

Reducing disaster-related deaths

The government outlines a policy of reducing by 80 percent in 10 years the death toll of 332,000 currently anticipated from the next massive quake in Japan, which is predicted to happen off the Pacific coasts stretching from Shizuoka Prefecture to Shikoku.

Mar 29, 2014

Magnitude-5.1 quake hits LA area

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area Friday evening, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 9 p.m. and was centered near Brea in ...

Mar 29, 2014

Magnitude-5.1 earthquake shakes Los Angeles

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties Friday evening, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of significant damages or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 9 p.m. and was centered ...